Daily Archives: July 24, 2015

  • Clever alternative uses for olive oil

    It’s an integral part of many cuisines – but here are some clever uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen.

    To nourish and shine your wooden furniture, pour olive oil onto a piece of cloth and gently rub the surface. Use a dry cloth to remove excess oil. Similarly, if you have old leather shoes that have lost their shine, treat them with an olive oil rub to make them look as good as new.‬

    To eliminate odours from your kitchen sink, pour a few drops of olive-oil mixed with an aromatic oil of your choice into the drain. Bad smells will be absorbed immediately. ‬

    If you have glue residue on plastic or leather, you can easily remove by using a cloth dipped in olive oil. Rub onto the area and then gently remove any excess with tissue paper.‬

    And if your houseplants have lost their shine, pour a few drops of olive oil onto a piece of cloth and gently rub each leaf separately. They’ll be looking verdant again in no time. Also, when watering the plants, add a few drops of olive oil to the water to provide added nourishment.

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  • Olive killer bacteria found on the French Mediterranean island

    Officials on Corsica took emergency measures on Thursday after the discovery of a bacteria that could ravage fruit and olive oil production on the French Mediterranean island. Xylella fastidiosa has already killed thousands of olive trees in the Italian region of Puglia and is considered a threat to olive production around the Mediterranean.

    The first-ever infection by Xylella fastidiosa on Corsica was found on an ornamental tree outside a shopping mall in the southern Corsican town of Propriano.

    The bacteria attacks trees bearing olives, citrus fruits, walnuts and almonds, as well as oaks and other plants and there is no known antidote.

    Since the 1980s the production of good quality olive oil and wine have been an important supplement to Corsica’s income from tourism, so the spread of the bacteria could do serious harm to the local economy.

    It could even spread to mainland France, where a case was identified at Paris’s Rungis wholesale market in April and isolated, and cause serious problems for farmers in the south.

    Corsican officials sprung into action, ripping up the plant and those around it and disinfesting the area.

    They are worried that the infected plant was apparently planted in 2010.

    That raises two worrying questions – was it already infected, in which case has the bacteria spread elsewhere, or, even more worrying, was it infected by another plant that has not been identified?

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    Officials on Corsica took emergency measures on Thursday after the discovery of a bacteria that could ravage fruit and olive oil production on the French Mediterranean island. Xylella fastidiosa has already killed thousands of olive trees in the Italian region of Puglia and is... 
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